By Natalie Hensel
Essex has begun welcoming the first Ukrainian refugees arriving at Stansted Airport over the weekend.
Refugees arriving under the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme are being greeted by workers of the British Red Cross, Border Force, airport employees, NHS staff, and workers at Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council.
Essex Welfare Service, as well as community and volunteering groups, has offered translation and interpretation services alongside emotional support for children and adults at a reception hub.
“The generosity of our residents in contributing to humanitarian aid efforts has been astonishing,” said Cllr Kevin Bentley, Leader of Essex County Council in the council statement.
“We know people in Essex will have also generously signed up to the [scheme], offering their own homes to those seeking safety in the UK.”
The government’s scheme asks residents to become a sponsor of a named Ukrainian and their immediate family.
Potential hosts will be checked by the County Council, and will be supported by the Government with £10,500 per person for needed social care support and assistance.
Children and young adults staying in Essex will be provided with education opportunities during their stay.